Penmon Photoshoot on Ynys Mon, Cymru – Wales

The 12th dawned bright and sunny, which was just as well, as we had a few things we wanted to do today. Plan ‘A’ had three parts, and part 1 was to go to a car park overlooking the Menai Straits that we have nick named Penmon car park – well, it is a car park and it is in the area called Penmon. Regular readers will know that we come here to chill out for a while with fruit and coffee; watching the view, birds, waves and clouds, and that is what we did.

745 Herring Gull
Here’s the bird – a Herring Gull

748 Rock and blue water
Our first view of todays colour, Blue, and the Menai Straits with Conwy Bay in the distance.

759 Yacht and turbine sails
Sails in the distance, on yacht and wind driven turbines – all through a heat haze no less.

Part 2 was to go to Penmon Point for an Earthcache. An Earthcache is a special kind of geocache, where, instead of finding a hidden cache, we come to see a site of geological interest. Ynys Mon – the Isle of Anglesey – is a geologists cornucopia of rocks, strata, faults etc with access to eons of history. To claim an Earthcache, we have to visit the site, and answer questions set by the Cache Owner (CO), and quite often to take a photo to prove we’ve been there. A CO is the person who sets a geocache in place, and does the write up and description that explains what the geocache is all about.

3 Penmon Point and Puffin Island
Penmon Point and Puffin Island

The Earthcache I came to visit today was on the subject of Berms. A berm is a shingle bank built by storm waves. Big storms throw large pebbles up high, and smaller storms throw smaller pebbles less high, so the seaward slope has steps in it. Berms typically form between two headlands.

8 Andy at the Berm at Penmon Point
The intrepid geocacheologist at the Berm

771 Berm at Penmon Point
The shape of the berm shows up nicely from this angle.

Part 3 was to have a photoshoot simultaneously with Parts 1 and 2, hopefully to find suitable images for four challenges that I’m involved with at the moment.The main one being this Remote Shootaboot, and I was hoping to capture some yachts, which seemed rather apt as it’s Columbus day on Monday.

762 Anglers on rocks and boat
The wonderful weather brought out loads of anglers, some in boats, some on the rocks.

778 Yacht versus canoe
Lots of canoeists and yachts, and here they look as though the yacht and canoeists are too close for comfort.

772 Coastal geology at Penmon point.
The scenery at Penmon Point is varied and pretty. There is a nice T-bar here that does yummy toasted sandwiches.

We didn’t stop for a toasted sandwich, as I had a chicken stew ready back home. It’s an 11 mile journey, which takes about 30 minutes on the narrow roads. The last mile or so is a toll road in the summer, so we usually come here in the winter. How tight is that?

What happened to plan B you may ask – we didn’t use plan B as every thing was fabuloso – (I thought that was Italian, but it seems it’s Spanish).

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GUKs are here (Grown Up Kids)

The GUKs and partners arrived in the early hours of last Saturday morning, and fun was the order of the weekend. Out line planning for the visit included doing a cache run around Aberfalls, but as the GUKs weren’t exactly sure when they would fit in what, we put that on the back burner. One of the ‘whats’ was to see Cat and Gareths new daughter, whom we haven’t met yet, but she is a sweetie, acording to GUKs.

Bry wanted to show off Holyhead Mountain, so we set off on a cache run, with RSPB Southstack, being the eventual target. We took them to some caches we had found already, and to a few we hadn’e found. There is a cache near Y Vali that Julie and I have tried to find twice, so of course, we took our six pack of geocachers to look for it. Did we find it – NO we did not. We weren’t there more than fifteen or twenty minutes, and I was seriously bored again by then. When you find yourself looking in the same holes and crevices for the third time on a search, then you know it’s time to go. The others didn’t want to leave, as they hate beeing defeated by a cache, but hey ho, sometimes you find a cache, and somtimes you don’t.

By the time we got to South Stack we had a nice collection of caches for the GUKs, and Jules and I had one new one for ourselves. We had a coffee break, and a cache for the GUKs before heading off to Holyhead. There is a quarry on the Holyhead side of Holyhead Mountain, and the area has been turned into a park. There is a cache there that Jules and I wanted to get, so we started there, before working our back to Holyhead. The cache was up a hill, so we left Jules in the car, and went off for the walk. The cache was hidden in a stick, and very nicely camouflaged too, so it took several minutes to find it. We walked down to the quarry workings next, and then I headed back to Jules while Bry went looking for photo opportunities. While I was finding the cache, Julie had spotted a Ring Ouzel – that’s twice she had seen one now, and each time I just out of range, and missed them both. Never mind, something to look forward to though.

We took the GUKs past three more caches before we headed home; we detoured past RAF Valley airbase, so Jayjay could see where I used to work. Being a Saturday, meant that there were no aircraft to see, and the visitors carpark was closed, but she could see all the main bits from the road.

We finished off the day with a roast gammon dinner, and then party games and some golf on the Wii, finally getting to bed at one thirty Sunday morning; a very busy day, but most enjoyable.

Pont Y Gors or There’s the Cache.

Pont Y Gors is a bridge over the A5 North east of Pentre Berw on the Ynys Mon – (Anglesey). But that is the end of the story.

We are Geocachers, as long suffering reades will know, and the blame for this lies with Pete and Ann whom introduced it to us. For those of you who are new to the term, Geocaching is a World Wide game where a cache is hidden by Bob, and the main clue is the geographical corordinates that are fed into a GPS defice that is geocaching enabled, which guides Rob to the spot. All you have to do is find it.

The MAKs (Middle Aged Kids) gave Jules a GPS, (which we nicknamed the Cachenav), for her birthday, plus a box of goodies to hide as a cache. We have been looking for a suitable hidy-hole, but our first choices were found to be unsuitable, like no where to hide the thing, which is pretty important really – LoL. The other week we actually found a place to hide it, and Friday saw us putting it in place, beside the bridge caled Pont Y Gors.

To play geocaching, you have to join and register on a site, and we use Geocaching.com. There we find a list of caches in our area, or any place at all where we might be visiting, and of course, if you want to hide your own cache, then you have to register that too. We filled out the form on the site, and when we went to bed, there was an email saying it had gone live, it had been published on the site.

Jule's cache and bag.


This was Jule’s first hidden cache, so I poped into her site at breakfast time to see what it all looked like, and someone had already found it. So we were pretty chuffed and amazed in one go. It was found at 5 to 8 am, so someone was up early. In fact over the last 2 days, four or five other caches have been hidden and found around Snowdonia and Ynys Mon since ours.

Geocaching explained

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